002: MAC Archie's Girls Veronica Pearlmatte Face Powder - For starters, this was one of those MAC limited editions that I couldn't not have in my collection. Another dusky blush hue with pops of a brighter pink, which warms up the cheeks for a nice blush of colour. I find this very brightening, almost like a highlight and blush in one, definitely on paler skin tones anyway. I've never used this all over the face, but I imagine with the lighter shade you could.
003: Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lavish Mauve (£8.99) - These were a huge hit when they came out due to being repeatedly compared to the offering from Hourglass Cosmetics. I, obviously, had to see what the fuss was about, and I am glad I did. I opted for Lavish Mauve, a light pink with a mauve running through it with a distinct shimmer. The soft formula is so flattering for everyday for a very light sheen, but the two-tone definitely adds that little bit extra, more dimension I'd say - I love them and may invest in more at some point.
004: Sleek MakeUP Blush in Pomegranate (£4.49) - I introduce this as the autumn/winter blush. The colour resembles that feeling when your cheeks are being bitten by the cold; a deep berry hue that is as powerful as it looks in the pan. I feared going this dark, but a little goes a long way and it's not as vivid on the skin as one would presume. A light dusting is all you need and go heavy on the eyes!
005: Zelens The Blush in Apricot (£38)* - One of my more expensive blush staples, which I have been gravitating towards a lot lately. I think apricot hues are really great for pale, slightly red skin tones because they seem to cancel out the red and provide a look that is very fresh and youthful. This powder is so so soft, like seriously velvety soft and it's a dream to work with. A tiny brush swirl goes a long way and it really does highlight your best features and enhances radiance; bringing the face look together. I love this on super natural days, it takes me from the tired, just awoken look, to raring to take on the day. Like most of Zelens range, the colour collection harnesses skincare benefits, whereby this blush enhances volume, moisture and smoothness in the skin while protecting against environmental and oxidative stress. I can honestly say it's a good investment to make, especially for us city dwellers.
theBalm Frat Boy Blush; MAC Archie's Girls Veronica Blush; Max Factor Creme Blush Lavish Mauve; Sleek Blush in Pomegranate; and Zelens The Blush Apricot